There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Strasbourg each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday) February 14: Valentine's Day (celebrated nationwide)
In France, Valentine's Day holds great importance as a celebration of love. Couples take advantage of this day to exchange missives and gifts as proof of their devotion, as well as red roses, symbolizing passion. Restaurants and cafés are besieged, particularly those offering a romantic atmosphere.May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday)
On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!July 14 : Bastille Day (national holiday)
This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. Each year, Strasbourg commemorates this event by organising a huge dance party on Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, followed by an exceptional fireworks display set off from the Parc de l'Etoile.August 15 : Assumption Day (national holiday)
This celebration, still very popular in Strasbourg, is marked by several religious ceremonies.Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)
The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. Each year, around 50 places of cultural interest in Strasbourg take part in this event: public and private buildings, museums, etc.November–December : Christmas Market (local event)
In Strasbourg, the Christkindelsmärik or “Christ child market” is a true institution! For nearly five hundred years, this Christmas market has been held on Place Broglie. It is the oldest market of its kind in France and without doubt one of the best in Europe.December 6 : Saint Nicholas Day (local event)
Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated throughout eastern France. It is an opportunity for children to meet both Saint Nicholas and his companion Le Père Fouettard, whose name translates as “Father Whipper”, the French equivalent of the Krampus in Germany and Austria or Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands. While the first distributes maënnele (little brioche rolls in the shape of Saint Nicholas) and other sweets (chocolates, gingerbread), the second playfully chastises all those who have not been good during the year!December 25 : Christmas (national holiday)
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Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport is located 12 kilometres (7 miles) south-west of Strasbourg.
Strasbourg is a city with a relatively small central area. It is therefore quite easy to get around on foot or by bicycle. In addition, the city offers a good range of public transport options, all of them convenient and efficient.
Public transport is highly developed in Strasbourg and its surroundings. More than 30 bus lines and 6 tram lines operate along the city's main thoroughfares. These systems serve not only Strasbourg itself but also several adjoining municipalities, including Schiltigheim, Ostwald and Bischheim.
Exploring on foot is the best way to visit Strasbourg's historic centre. Strolling through Petite France, criss-crossed by narrow lanes, canals and locks, to admire the half-timbered houses, or in the area surrounding Notre Dame Cathedral is an enchanting experience!
With nearly 600 kilometres (373 miles) of cycling paths, bike-friendly Strasbourg offers one of the most extensive and comprehensive networks of its kind in France. Many bicycling parking stations are available throughout the city. Thanks to the public bike rental service Vélhop, it is very simple to hire a bicycle for all daily trips in Strasbourg Eurométropole.
Upon your arrival in Strasbourg, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.Strasbourg Tourist Office
Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Strasbourg.
Directory of foreign embassies and consulates in France
The directory made available online by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French only) includes addresses and contact details for all foreign embassies and consulates in France:
Tips for travellers
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in France, be sure to check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country for the latest travel information and recommendations.
Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Strasbourg a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning)
Good evening: Bonsoir
Goodbye: Au revoir
No, thank you: Non, merci
Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup
Please: S'il vous plaît
I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas
Could you repeat ?: Pouvez-vous répéter ?
What time is it ?: Quelle heure est-il ?
Excuse me: Excusez-moi
Train station: Gare
I'm (…): Je suis (…)
I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…)
How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ?
Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ?
Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ?
Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ?
I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…)
In Strasbourg like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.